Rise of Car Accidents in the US: Almost 80% of Millenial Drivers Admit to “Distracted Driving”
It turned out that millennials, age 18-34, were the most “distracted drivers”. This includes showing risky behaviour, with 77 percent admitting they were eating, doing makeup, and surfing on the internet while driving.
Of the 35,092 people who died in car accidents in the United States, 3,477 were victims of “distracted driving”. (2015 survey by National Conference of State Legislatures) The survey reveals a lack of risk awareness in many drivers at a significant level.
Millennials are also reportedly twice as likely as other generations to provide false information when they purchase a car insurance policy.
Is it a norm to Eat, Groom, or Surf on the Internet while Driving?
“NerdWallet”, a financial information site, conducted a survey for 2,000 US drivers (ages 18 and older) in May 2017. 77 percent of the millennials admitted to “distracted driving” as opposed to 67 percent overall.
The most general pattern while driving is “eating (58 percent)”, followed by “grooming such as doing makeup, shaving, and doing nails (10 percent)”, “taking care of children in the back seat (9 percent)”, and “using a tablet or laptop computer (7 percent)”. Obviously, driving would not have been their only focus while on the road.
Some distracted drivers were extremely reckless, doing things such as “changing clothes (5 percent)”, “drinking alcohol (4 percent)”, “sticking their foot out of the window with cruise control on, or putting their feet up on the dashboard (3 percent)”, and “playing an instrument (1 percent)” while driving.
9 percent of the drivers who got into a car accident due to “distracted driving” are very young aged between 15 and 19.
30 Percent of Drivers Ages 22-37 Violate Traffic Regulations
Many drivers still use a smartphone while driving although those drivers are decreasing with regulation. 13 percent of the drivers nearly got into a car crash while driving and using a smartphone for the past year. The ratio for the millennials increases to 18 percent.
Using a smartphone while driving includes “talking on the phone (87 percent)”, “using GPS navigation (54 percent)”, “texting (38 percent)”, “taking photos or video clips, emailing (19 percent)”, “viewing social networks or posting blogs (13 percent)”, “watching video clips (9 percent)”, and “playing games (5 percent)”.
According to a survey by TransUnion, an American credit research company, drivers ages 22-37 (27 percent) had the most traffic violations such as ignoring a traffic light and speeding. When compared to those aged 38-52 (16 percent) and aged 53-71 (8 percent), the difference is pretty significant.
Are Male Millennials More Likely to Tell Lies to Auto Insurers?
Providing false information when purchasing a car insurance policy is another one of the characteristics that can be seen in the millennials. There is also a difference in the ratio between men (12 percent) and women (7 percent).
The millennials (16 percent) are twice as likely as those 35 and older (8 percent) to mislead insurers by “reporting a lower mileage (40 percent)”, “using a false name for the insured name (20 percent)”, “lying about the purpose of using a car (20 percent)”, and “lying about keeping their car in the garage even if they park on the street (11 percent)”.
In addition, “padding claims” is not unusual through all generations. 23 percent of drivers who have ever had car insurance say, “They have filed a claim”. Among them, 7 percent admit to padding auto insurance claims by including pre-existing damage in a claim.
Jeff Reynolds, the vice president of TransUnion, alarms over “distracted driving” by the millennials, which tends to increase every year.